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There are only a few days left to 2013, and we wanted to celebrate all the individuals and organizations that have contributed to the MomsRising blog this past year. Here are a few of the most read posts on the blog this past year–we hope that you take some time to read these stories and add your own comment in the comment section. Feel free to also share these various stories and policy perspectives with your friends and families. With 2014 just around the corner, we look forward to continuing this vibrant discussion in the New Year.

1. Supermoms vs. Superbugs! A Blog Carnival to Save Antibiotics

2013 was the year of successful blog carnivals for MomsRising. Check out this collaborative blog carnival with Supermoms Against Superbugs campaign, a popular blog carnival that addressed the relationship of food and children’s health.

2. Why I Believe in Paid Sick Leave

Kristi Rifkin blogged about her experience with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Read her post on the role moms have in their families’ health.

3. #BlkBFing: Making HERstory! A Black History Month Blog Carnival on Breastfeeding and African American Mothers

MomsRising, Reaching our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE) and United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) partnered together on a Black History Month blog carnival. With a headlining post by Diana N. Derige of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the blog carnival included a variety of perspectives from the African American community on breastfeeding.

4. Listen to Mary: "Our Lives Depend on Ending the Government Shutdown."

The U.S. government was shut down in October this past year, putting many federal programs in limbo. Mary Gugich, a breast cancer patient, described the impact that the government shutdown had on her life in her post.

5. Junk Free Schools: A MomsRising Blog Carnival

Bryant Terry, chef, educator, and author, introduced a blog carnival in April on junk food options in kids’ school lunches. Parents and advocates contributed posts and joined the conversation on the impact of USDA nutritional standards.

6. Moms, Let's Talk about Health Care

An uninsured mother of four in Arizona, Angela Warren worried about health care options for her family. She wrote about the impact of the Affordable Care Act for her family in her post.

7. Head Start Works. What the Research Really Shows

Paul Nyhan, a representative of the Washington State Association of Head Start & ECEAP, discussed the research on early education program. He blogged about the debate on Head Start, an early childhood education program.

8. Introducing the #FAMILYAct: A MomsRising Blog Carnival

The Family and Medical Leave Insurance Act (the FAMILY Act) was introduced in Congress on Dec. 12, 2013. Read the diverse perspectives of many people and what paid leave means to them.

9. Teaching the Art of Breastfeeding Through Song: Videos Included!

TaNefer Lumukanda blogged about her experience in writing a song about breastfeeding. Read her thoughts on the barriers to breastfeeding in public.

10. Leaning Together: A MomsRising Blog Carnival

Traditional and new media outlets were buzzing about Sheryl Sandberg’s new book Lean In. Kathy Korman Frey highlighted points made by Sandberg in her post “Are You a Member of the In Crowd – The “Lean In” Crowd?” MomsRising joined the conversation with a blog carnival that commemorated Women’s History Month, highlighting the experiences of women and families across the country.

11. Racial Breastfeeding Disparity Disappears at Baby Friendly Hospitals

Best for Babes discussed the disparity in breastfeeding rates among different races. Find out more about the issue in this post by the organization.

12. National School Lunch Week with Healthy Food! A MomsRising Blog Carnival #HealthyEdu

MomsRising hosted a blog carnival for National School Lunch Week. Check out the stories from the diverse group of authors.

13. Milestones: Five Years Cancer-Free, Five Years of Congressional Women's Softball

U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz reflected on the past five years of being a cancer survivor. Read her post.

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